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19th-Century Boat Houses Become Rad Office for Architects

Dating back to 1826, this collection of old boat houses in Copenhagen was once used for the construction and repair of Danish military boats. Recently, designers at local architecture firm 3XN renovated the series of 19th-century structures to create their own stunning, creative office. Located in the city's Holmen neighborhood, from the outside it seems nothing's changed: 3XN preserved the structure's historic exterior. The real transformation is inside, which manages to maintain the original character of the space. Wood planks line the floors (all 2000 square meters, about 21,000 square feet). Wood beams and pillars hold up the pitched roof. Full-height windows facing the canal allow natural light to flood the space (pardon the pun). And white walls and desks complement all this wood to create an open, serene vibe. Essentially an open-plan workplace, the space is designed to facilitate the firm's non-hierarchical, collaborative culture. And the best part is that each of the firm's 80 employees (there's room for 70 more) have a view of the waterfront. Now everyone can have that corner office with a view.

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